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Offline mswilliams1975

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Tap a Keg system???
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:29:14 PM »
I am sure this has been asked before but I went back to Sept of 2011 and did not see it. I can not afford to keg traditionally nor do I have the fridge space. I am tired of bottling and this system looks like a good deal and a good alternative. Any feedback is appreciated.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 07:47:42 PM »
Do you mean a Tap-A-Draft system?

If so, I've not used one but it seems to get OK reviews at online vendors like Northern Brewer, Williams, homebrewtalk,
 and even here:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=6269.msg75485#msg75485

If this is not what you mean, more details and a link would help.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 09:37:50 AM »
If space is an issue, you can also use 5L mini-kegs and build a tap for them relatively inexpensively.

I force carbonate in these using a schrader valve on a barbed nipple.  Works great and doesn't take up too much room.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 02:43:30 PM »
What I think about Tap-a-Draft has been echoed by a couple other people I met who have used this system. It works best for a one-time event, like a homebrew share or a block party. Otherwise its carbonation is too variable. But group sharing is why I bought it, so that's fine.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 08:12:40 AM »
Otherwise its carbonation is too variable. But group sharing is why I bought it, so that's fine.

Do you mean that it loses carbonation over time?

Seems expensive for a party where growlers or pitchers could do.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 11:03:02 AM »
There's also the Party Star mini-keg system. Maybe that's what the OP is referring to?
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/party-star-deluxe-tap-system.html

Personally, I'd want a system that allow for more uses of the containers.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 11:54:36 AM »
I am talking about long term and multiple uses. I read the reviews and found them to be pretty varied. I will stay with bottling for now until I can afford a real keg system and find the space. I don't want to wast the $70 on something with such a mixed review.

Thank you all for your feedback on this.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 12:56:22 PM »
Take a look at this before you give up on thinking about mini kegs: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=61167

They are reusable for awhile and easily replaceable by purchasing decent craft beer (or Warsteiner) in a 5L mini keg.

Building the tap is easy and relatively cheap if you are a DIYer.

I've got about a dozen kegs and I still keep a handful of minikegs around.

EDIT: I noticed they use copper tubing on that link.  I would go with SS if you go this route.  I bought some on eBay, I think.  It was enough to make three or four taps and give some to friends.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 03:51:11 PM »
Take a look at this before you give up on thinking about mini kegs: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=61167

They are reusable for awhile and easily replaceable by purchasing decent craft beer (or Warsteiner) in a 5L mini keg.

Building the tap is easy and relatively cheap if you are a DIYer.

I've got about a dozen kegs and I still keep a handful of minikegs around.

EDIT: I noticed they use copper tubing on that link.  I would go with SS if you go this route.  I bought some on eBay, I think.  It was enough to make three or four taps and give some to friends.

Now this looks promising!!! Thank you.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 09:13:54 PM »
Otherwise its carbonation is too variable. But group sharing is why I bought it, so that's fine.

Do you mean that it loses carbonation over time?

Seems expensive for a party where growlers or pitchers could do.

You're assuming that you're filling from a keg. If you know you're brewing for an event, tap-a-draft makes things simple.

Yes I think the carbonation softens over time. It's not perfect and it's not cheap. With so many small kegging systems coming on the market, it may be a product whose time has come and gone. But it's a good little friend for what it does.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2013, 07:54:35 AM »
Otherwise its carbonation is too variable. But group sharing is why I bought it, so that's fine.

Do you mean that it loses carbonation over time?

Seems expensive for a party where growlers or pitchers could do.

You're assuming that you're filling from a keg. If you know you're brewing for an event, tap-a-draft makes things simple.

Yes I think the carbonation softens over time. It's not perfect and it's not cheap. With so many small kegging systems coming on the market, it may be a product whose time has come and gone. But it's a good little friend for what it does.

I see what you're saying.  I used to have a Party Pig, which is essentially he same thing with the exception that you don't inject CO2.  We used it a few times for parties, but it just wasn't that practical.
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2013, 12:55:29 PM »
I've wanted this small keg for no other reason than it's cute...

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/175-GALLON-BALL-LOCK-KEG-P3222C109.aspx
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Re: Tap a Keg system???
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2013, 01:02:56 PM »
I bought a couple of their 2.5 gallon kegs.  They work just fine, but are significantly cheaper in construction.

But I think you can tell that just by looking at them.
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